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Isabel Laack

. This article aims to begin bridging this gap by providing a preliminary cartography of the research field, thus developing a sound methodological basis for further studies. It includes a survey of the state of the art and an inventory of the fundamental methodological and theoretical challenges

Steven Engler and Mark Q. Gardiner

, if correct, semantic holism imposes metatheoretical constraints on the nature of such theories, theoretical constraints on the way that “religion” must be characterized, and methodological constraints on the way that religious phe- nomena must be analyzed. Keywords theories of religion, metatheory

A Modest Proposal on Method

Essaying the Study of Religion


Russell T. McCutcheon

A Modest Proposal on Method further documents methodological and institutional failings in the academic study of religion. This collection of essays—which includes three previously unpublished chapters—identifies the manner in which old problems (like the presumption that our object of study is a special, deeply meaningful case) yet remain in the field. But amidst the critique there are a variety of practical suggestions for how the science of religion can become methodologically even-handed and self-reflexive—the markings of a historically rigorous exercise. Each chapter is introduced and contextualized by a newly written, substantive introduction.

Knut Mordal Melvær

rectification and redescription. In fact, he stumbles into many of the same traps he sets up for his colleagues and data, including theologians. Firstly, Herman draws a too simple and naive picture of the theologian/scholar of religion relationship. Secondly, due to a vague methodology, he does not explain

Barbara Krawcowicz

Religions in Brno. Not in all cases institutional affiliations corresponded to methodological commitments in a straightforward manner. Some scholars saw themselves as both theologians and scholars of religious studies. Others declared that their work occupied a middle position. Still others, in an attempt

Christopher M. Kavanagh

transcend the American context and relate to larger methodological, theoretical, and philosophical issues, but given the level of critical introspection on display I was surprised that a US -centric frame was widely adopted and presumed to be shared with readers, including in the post

Kim Knibbe and André Droogers

researchers of religion supposed to deal with these sorts of truth claims? The usual options are respectively disbelief, abstention and belief, also known as methodological atheism, agnosticism and theism. These options presuppose an opposition between science and religion. In our view the three options do

Andrew Rippin

Quranic Studies, part IV: Some methodological notes ANDREW RIPPIN Abstract In this article I will focus upon authors who have suggested basic methodo- logical challenges to the assumptions of Wansbrough's approach to the Mus- lim interpretative tradition found in part IV of his book, Quranic

Philip L. Tite

CATEGORICAL DESIGNATIONS AND METHODOLOGICAL REDUCTIONISM: GNOSTICISM AS CASE STUDY1 PHILIP L. TITE Debate continues between reductionists and non-reductionists over sui generis discourse within the academic study of religion. In this article, Gnosticism is explored as a case study for applying

Amy L. Koehlinger

is a test to see how More than Belief plays to an audience of scholars whose interests are not as immediately linked to Vásquez’s project, to see how his diagnosis of our field reads to those who are not predisposed to agree with him, to ask what his methodological shift might illuminate for